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Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico

Wastewater System Improvements in Mexicali, Baja California

Status: Completed

Background

Untreated wastewater (WW) discharges from the sewage system of city of Mexicali deteriorated the water  quality of  the New River. Due to farmer's opposition to a previous wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) site, alternatives sites were analyzed by the US‐Mexico Binational Committee to build the WWTP. The upgrade of Pump Station No. 4 (PB 4) and construction of the Mexicali II WWTP (first  phase)  to  treat wastewater from the city's northeastern area was required. The WWTP site was located 26 km south of the new Pump Station in an uninhabited area. This project is referred  to as Mexicali II.

Description

The purpose of the Project was to eliminate exposure to untreated WW discharges to the New River by expanding the wastewater treatment capacity, reducing groundwater pollution and the risk of waterborne diseases.

Benefits

This project consisted of the construction of Las Arenitas WWTP with a  capacity of 20 MGD,  upgrade of PB 4, as well   as construction of 26.4 km force main pipeline and interconnection of major collectors to PB 4 that previously discharged raw WW to agricultural drains.

Project Financing

Total Project Cost US 26.58M
NADB Funding US 10.11M - NADB Grant: BEIF

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